How to make homemade vanilla extract with vodka.
I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive Christmas presents that I can create in bulk, but still are unique and have a personalized touch. One year my mom and I made rice-filled heat packs for many of our friends. It was so time consuming but so, so rewarding! When I came across this idea, I knew I had to try it.
I know some of you are nowhere near Christmas mode- I know I'm hardly thinking about it yet! But this is one of those projects that would be good to start now, because the longer it sits, the better it gets!
I found my vanilla beans on Amazon for a very reasonable price. I went ahead and bought some little bottles as well, they're currently waiting in my pantry to be filled with vanilla extract for Christmas presents.
Chop the beans lengthwise, and deposit the bean, seeds and all, into the container of alcohol. I went with some super cheap vodka, but I've heard it works just as well with rum, brandy, etc.
Here it is after only 2 weeks, looking pretty dark and delicious already! I'm going to test it out closer to the holidays and see if it's been 'cooking' long enough. I'm really excited and impatient to see how it turns out! I'd love to hear your success stories/ideas for homemade Christmas presents for many people.